Taiki Azuma is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance with cognates in Multiple Woodwinds and Music Education at UNC-Greensboro, where he holds a graduate teaching assistantship. Previous to his move to North Carolina, he has performed and taught extensively on saxophone, flute, oboe, and clarinet in South Florida while being in demand as a woodwind clinician for many of the area’s schools.
As a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, he has performed in places and events such as Carnegie Hall, International Saxophone Symposium, Piedmont Wind Symphony, International Double Reed Symposium (masterclass performer), North American Saxophone Alliance (semi-finalist), MTNA chamber competition (Florida representatives), William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition (semi-finalist), FCSAA Winter Symposium, National Intercollegiate Band (principal chair), Mizner Cultural Arts Expo, American Bandmaster’s Association conference, Lynn Consevatory Orchestra. Boca Sinfonia, Florida Music Educators Association, as well as appearing in the inaugural TEDx Delray Beach in 2013 as a featured performer/speaker with his ensemble, the Qualia Saxophone Quartet.
As a graduate assistant, he has been instructor on record for Woodwind Methods for Music Education students, Teaching Undergraduate Saxophone students, Theory 3 assistant, Hip Hop in Music TA, coordinating conferences, coaching chamber music, and performing in outreach concerts. Taiki attained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami on a full music and academic scholarship double-majoring in music and pre-med and an MA in Instrumental Wind Conducting at Florida Atlantic University under a graduate assistantship. His teachers include Dale Underwood, Steven Stusek, Jason Kush, Cynthia Cripps, Mary-Ashley Barret (oboe), Erin Gittlesohn (oboe), Carla-Copeland Burns (flute), and Kyle Prescott (conducting).